Turn Cell Phone and Tablet in 3D Hologram





Introduction: Turn Cell Phone and Tablet in 3D Hologram

Have you seen this yet? I mean, have you seen the actual hologram, for real?

If not, it will take you about 20 minutes to get your own pyramid shaped hologram display.

Update: If you want to try a even easier way, check out our other Instuctable that shows how to simply print one.

Although it is not real 3D because it is 4 times a 2D images, the result is simply amazing. The original idea comes from American Hacker.

Considering that a lot of people are asking for dimensions for bigger devices such as new iPhone 6S Plus or tablets, we created templates for several popular devices. They are in attachment and printable.
(We know. You're welcome. ;)

You could also create you own holographic video, keeping in mind that all areas aound the subject need to remain black (the use of a green screen helps) and paste the image 4 times in the screen using a video editing program. Anyone willing to give tips on this matter is welcome to comment. ;)

Anyone who would like to see the step by step en français, c'est par ici! :)

Step 1: What You'll Need

  • Plastic CD case, ideally not too used or scratched
  • Cutter with a good blade
  • Ruler
  • Template for phone or tablet (see attachments) or pen and paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Krazy glue (optional)
  • Cutting mat (optional)

Step 2: Create or Print Your Template

This is what the basic template looks like. You can either recreate this or simply print one of the PDF in attachment. You can choose from several smart phones and tablets dimensions.

Step 3: Cut Your Template

Since the pyramid is 4 times the same dimensions, you only need one template.

Step 4: Cut Your First Shape

Secure your template on your CD case with scotch tape. Unlike on the picture, use a ruler. This will make things much more easier. I also recommend doing multiple light-medium cuts instead of a unique heavy one. You are less incline to crack the plastic and your cut will be more precise.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4

You need 4 identical shapes.

Step 6: Create the Pyramid

Lay your 4 faces flat, side by side, and tape the edges.

Step 7: Finalize the Pyramid

Secure the remaining edge and give the dimensions to your pyramid. It needs to stand by itself, as straight as possible, upside down.

Step 8: Glue Edges Together

This really is optional, as it can be a little bit messy. It can make your pyramid more sturdy but can also mess up the clearness of your shapes.

My personnal opinion is that if you tape precautiously, the result will be fine enough and you won't need glue.

Step 9: Try Your New Display

Here is the original video, ready for you to try your gadget. Just place your pyramid upside down (wide opening upwards) in the center of the image. Close the lights, and enjoy!!

Step 10: To Watch the Final Result

Filmed in 4k, this is a great example of what you see with the pyramid.

By the way, I created the templates based on popular 2014-15 mobile devices, if you think one is missing, feel free to let me know, I'll add it to the attachments.



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Hey do you have a size for iPhone 6?

Hey tcman2006, I didn't check the specific screen size of the IPhone 6, but if it's similar to Nexus 5, you'd be fine.

Hope it works!

Directions for making the movie?


You mean how did we do the holographic video?

It's simply 4x the same image, as you can see in the original video above, under step 9. For more details on the process, i would suggest you look it up on the net though, there's plenty of tutorials. :)

yeah I meant the video...I wonder if there should be a specific distance from each image etc...I will try and find some more info. Thanks for the reply and thanx for the instructable...really cool

I made some of these a while back, I laser cut them so they could fold flat.

Cool! It's so much fun!

It is litteraly awesome!

I had a very hard time cutting the CD plastic without cracking it... scissors just wouldn't "cut" it. Instead I used the plastic window from a box of knives I bought. Most products today (dolls, kids trucks, etc. ) come in a box with a window on it. That plastic is perfect for this and for cutting.